Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt just announced that he's officially retiring from CS:GO to pursue a career in Valorant. Here are all the details.
Just recently we discussed that the Stage 2 Masters Reykjavik had higher viewership than some of the biggest majors. The Valorant competitive scene is steadily growing and there's no sign of stopping. With the Stage 3 Challengers 1 qualifiers already underway what further proof do you need? A famous CS:GO pro player switching to Valorant? We've got that.
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NBK Retires From CS:GO, Joins Valorant
If you're following the CS:GO pro scene you're probably familiar with Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt. If not, let us shed some light. NBK is a French CS:GO pro player (or rather was) who last played for Double Poney and OG. Schmitt has also played for other famous CS:GO teams like G2 Esports, Team Vitality, and others. Today, NBK announced that he's officially done with CS:GO and he'll be setting his sight on Valorant.
A new beginning. pic.twitter.com/KQdDxU7GSU— Nathan Schmitt (@NBK) June 29, 2021
I have done it all, from local LANs to winning Majors, grinded through the ranks, and sat on top of the world. I have lived the biggest disappointments and the best tournament wins. Counter-Strike gave me everything and I dedicated my life to it. But memories are made to stay in the past. It’s time for a change.
The overall reception from fans regarding NBK's decision has been positive. What made him switch though? NBK was left without a CS:GO team for a few months and his decision isn't that surprising.
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Which Team Will NBK Join?
There's still no official information but we doubt that NBK will be making an announcement of this caliber without a plan. We've already seen numerous other big names from the CS:GO scene transition successfully into Valorant. A couple of examples would be Martin "Hiko" Spencer, Tyson "TenZ" Ngo, Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom, and many others.
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NBK spent a lot of time with the CS:GO roster but we doubt that he'll be returning to the organization. OG currently have a full roster and they're already competing in the Stage 3 Challengers 1 open qualifiers. Then again, a lot of teams are signing more than five players so it's within the realm of possibility.